Mississippi State uses solid first half to beat South Alabama

MOBILE, AL (AP) - Dak Prescott rushed, threw and caught a touchdown pass for the second time in his career as Mississippi State downed South Alabama 35-3 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.

Prescott completed 13 of 21 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown while also carrying 14 times for 148 yards and another score. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jameon Lewis in the second quarter as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0.

Mississippi State scored in the opening quarter when Prescott connected with Malcolm Johnson on a 15-yard touchdown strike.

The Bulldogs began to open things up in the second quarter when Josh Robinson scored on runs of 2 and 15 yards, giving them a 28-3 lead by halftime.

Prescott added a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

South Alabama (1-1) sold out their first game in school history, with a crowd of 38,129 on hand.

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